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Is that a real reindeer?

Lake Orion neighbors, from left, Mia Merrell, Chloe Hutchison and Madison Merrell pose with one of Santa's flying friends at last weekend's Holiday Shopping Event downtown. Photo by J....more >>

Orion Twp. to fund police liaison in 2012

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor There is no need for Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy Mick Simkinson to clean out his office at Lake Orion High School this month. But he may have to make some room for officers of the Lake Orion Police Department....more >>

Community rallies around suicide prevention

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor A standing-room only crowd of 500-plus people packed the St. Joseph Catholic School gymnasium on Monday night to participate in the community forum on suicide prevention, hosted by Lake Orion Community Schools, Oakland County and Common Ground....more >>

Lafayette resigns as principal; named tech director

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Lake Orion High School Principal Sophia Lafayette is following her passion, leaving the position after nearly two years to become the district's Director of Technology and Media Services, effective Jan....more >>

Heritage Spinning and Weaving inspires crafters

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review Step inside the door of Heritage Spinning and Weaving in downtown Lake Orion and you feel something special. Among the endless yarns, threads, patterns and tools is a welcoming aura of comfort and warmth....more >>

Fund-raiser for Caulfield

Ortonville resident Catherine Trainor is encouraging everyone to help support her sister, Sharon Caulfield, the owner of Oxford Barbershop, who has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy and needs help paying her medical bills....more >>
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Reid Elementary second grade class: Letters to Santa

Dear Santa, Does Rudolph's nose really light up? I want a new puppy for Christmas please! My second wish is a big Angry Bird. I leave cookies and milk for you! Merry Christmas! Sincerely, Zachary Dear Santa, How are you doing? I know that you are watching, so I have been so so so good! I would like a Little Bo Peep with her sheep toy and a walking cane....more >>

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"Miracle On Main Street" At 10:30 a.m., Dec.18, Lakeview Church, 10023 S. State Road, Goodrich, will present "Miracle On Main Street," a Christmas musical for all ages. The Lakeview Church Kids Ministry will perform the drama and music that celebrates the reason for the season....more >>
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D.L. Bonner Jewelers will close doors after 29 years

Ortonville- After 29 years, Dec. 24 will be the last day that D.L. Bonner Jewelers, 431 Mill St., will be open for business. David Bonner opened his jewelry store in the village in 1983, with about $18,000 in jewelry, kept in three counters....more >>
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Hometown Heroes: Local military members serving and on duty overseas during the holidays

Editor's note: The Citizen recognizes our local military men and women serving our country away from home during the holiday season by publishing their names, photos and some information on each of them....more >>

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Lt. Col. St. Aubin

Several Goodrich High School classes took time out from their studies to mail Christmas cards to their principal, David St. Aubin, who is currently serving a one-year stint in Afghanistan....more >>

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Goodrich to update rec plan

Goodrich-The village and Atlas Township have an opportunity to join together on a recreation plan. "The push right now is for communities to share everything," said Jakki Sidge, village administrator....more >>

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Former Brandon residents sentenced in home invasions

Two former area residents have been sentenced in connection with a string of local home invasions. Danie Vore, 31, formerly of Groveland Township, was sentenced Dec. 9 in front of Sixth Circuit Court Judge Rudy Nichols to seven to 30 years in prison after being convicted of four counts of home invasion, second degree, as well as being a habitual offender....more >>

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Village council appoints new member

Goodrich-By a 4-0 vote on Monday night the village council appointed Mark Baldwin to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of councilman Phil Jackson. Baldwin, 60, is a self-employed carpenter and licensed builder....more >>
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'You're getting a best friend and you're saving a life.'

Ortonville- Still looking for a special family gift this holiday season? If everyone in the household is in agreement, you could save lives by rescuing a dog or cat, puppy or kitten that needs a home, while receiving much love in return....more >>
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Student led TAB project takes aim at bullying

Goodrich-A four-minute Youtube video has sparked a tougher stand against bullying. Riley McEntire, a GHS senior, is the founder of the TAB (Teens Against Bullying) Project. Begun on Dec....more >>

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Council moves on village blight

Goodrich-A historical landmark is among two area buildings with safety violations and targeted for cleanup by the village. Village Attorney Mike Gildner presented three suggestions at Monday's council meeting to resolve issues with the Goodrich House apartments near the corner of Hegel and Clarence streets and an abandoned home near Hegel and M-15....more >>

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Hundreds benefit from toy store

Brandon Twp.- Adele Ferguson knows what it is like to struggle. To not have two nickels to rub together. To have to decide between whether to buy gas or groceries. As a single mother in Pontiac more than 40 years ago, at Christmastime she did not have the resources available to her that are available today to residents in need in this area....more >>

Brief - Township openings

The Charter Township of Orion has several committee vacancies that need to be filled. These include positions on the Planning Commission, as well as Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee (regular member and alternate)....more >>

Brief - New Year's resolution run

The sixth annual New Year's Resolution Run through the streets of the village of Lake Orion takes place at 10 a.m. on January 1, 2012. This year, there will be a 5K run and 1 mile run/walk....more >>

Brief - Golf gift

Skip the expensive golf balls for your favorite duffer this holiday season. For a truly unique gift, send them to the U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion next July....more >>

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Create-A-Card for Christmas From 4:15 p.m-5 p.m., Dec. 14, Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South St., will host a free Create -A-Card for Christmas program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade....more >>

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Santa dogs return to Bueche's

Groveland Twp.-It's not unusual for Carl Liepmann to find a litter of puppies or kittens left at the door when he arrives at work in the morning at the Genesee County Humane Society....more >>
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Wireless Zone holiday toy drive

Groveland Twp. -Joe Bommarito and his wife Laura are celebrating the holiday season by hosting their fourth annual toy drive, at all three of their Wireless Zone stores in Frankenmuth, Fenton and Ortonville....more >>
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O'Mara makes run at Olympics

Erin O'Mara recently made some big strides in the running world. O'Mara snagged a spot in the U.S. Olympic Women's Marathon Trials on Jan. 14, 2012 in Houston by finishing the 26.2 miles of the California International Marathon on Dec....more >>

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Twp. fund balance grows; employee wages restored

Brandon Twp.- Employees at the township offices will have their wages restored to 2008 levels. At their Dec. 5 meeting, the township board unanimously approved a motion to reinstate full-time employees' wages to the levels they were in 2008, prior to a 5 percent wage cut....more >>
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Battles in the Pacific

70 years after Pearl Harbor Navy vet recalls

Goodrich-Ralph McMahon can't recall where he heard the breaking news. "When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941—I was ready to go," said McMahon, now 88, and a village resident....more >>
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Hometown Heroes: Local military members serving and on duty overseas during the holidays

Editor's note: The Citizen recognizes our local military men and women serving our country away from home during the holiday season by publishing their names, photos and some information on each of them....more >>

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Brandon student found unconscious in middle school restroom; assault suspected

Brandon Twp.- Police are investigating whether an 8th grade boy found bloody and unconscious in a Brandon Middle School restroom was attacked by a fellow student. "We are investigating this as an assault," said Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>
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Christmas miracle baby

Ortonville- Last Christmas, Heather Wills received the most devastating news of her life— it was very likely that the baby she was carrying inside her was going to die. Just two days before Christmas, doctors at the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital told Heather and Jason Wills that their unborn child had critical aortic stenosis— a heart defect in which essentially half of their baby's heart was not functioning....more >>
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Holiday shopping and fun!

Local residents braved the cold and flocked to downtown Lake Orion last Saturday for the second annual Holiday Shopping Event, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority. Not only did the local businesses enjoy the crowd, but shoppers and their families loved the horse-drawn carriage rides through the streets of the village, the chance to pet a real reindeer and ice sculpting demonstrations....more >>
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Dear Santa...

Samantha Conlon, left, and Morgan Bodway write their letters to Santa in Depot Park as part of Independence Township Parks and Rec Holiday Lights Night, following the Clarkston Lighted Parade last Saturday....more >>

$135,000 to fill in for supervisor

Is it too much to spend $135,250 of taxpayers' money for three people to do Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner's job? Independence Township Trustee David Lohmeier doesn't think so....more >>
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Lighthouse gears up for holidays

Donations fill the shelves and hallways of Lighthouse North food pantry, but it won't last long. "It will be distributed quickly the food will be all gone by the end of February," said Connie Stapleton, manager at Lighthouse North, 6330 Sashabaw Road....more >>

DPW plowing costs too much

To reduce costs, Independence Township will outsource snow plowing in parking lots for the Fire Department, library and township hall instead of using Department of Public Works (DPW) employees....more >>

Resident shows how Independence can save money

As Independence Township looks to head into 2012, they look pretty healthy with a surplus of $50,802 in the general fund and close to $2.9 million in the fund balance. However, resident Rick Gutowski thinks the fund balance could be reduced greatly....more >>

Springfield Township proposing $5.9 million budget

Springfield Township is set to maintain police, fire, parks, and other services through 2012, but may need a police millage next year. "We anticipate a decrease in taxable value based on historical trends with current services, it won't last long," said township Supervisor Collin Walls....more >>
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Local shops to collect Toys for Tots with Santa

Santa and two of his reindeer return to The Birdfeeder and Clarkston Flower Shoppe to collect toys, 12-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18. "We were overcome with emotion by the success of last year's event," said Steven Stroud, owner of The Birdfeeder....more >>
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Building a future

For Dick Moscovic, building trades instructor at Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northwest, you can't learn construction without getting in the mud. "There's no experience like going on site," said Moscovic, leading a log cabin building project at Hawk Woods Nature Center in Auburn Hills....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Kids send holiday cheer to the troops

Students at Springfield Plains Elementary sent a little Christmas cheer to troops in Afghanistan. "It's been a fantastic service learning experience," said fifth-grade teacher Amy Campbell, whose husband, Col....more >>
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Volunteering scouts

Saturday, Dec. 3, was a particularly busy day for Clarkston scouts, as they helped out with Clarkston Rotary's Goodfellow newspaper fund raiser and Clarkston Farm and Garden Club's Greens Market....more >>

Sign up for Buddy Basketball

Independence Township Parks and Recreation is signing up players and buddies for Buddy Basketball, a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs. Each player will be paired with a "buddy" to assist as needed....more >>
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Art walk

Peg Roth held the Second Annual Art Walk in Clarkston Mills Mall Prior to the Holiday Lights Parade on Dec. 10. The walk included artists of all types such as clothing, home made picture frames, jewelry, and paintings....more >>
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Lights parade

Families bundled in their warmest attire and headed to downtown Clarkston for the annual Lighted Parade led by Clarkston High School's Team RUSH, Dec 10. They continued the fun in Depot Park for carols, hot beverages and letters to Santa....more >>

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Holiday deadlines

Clarkston News offices will be closed for Christmas on Monday, Dec....more >>

Charity cookies

ESTHERS Children is ready for its Fourth Annual Cookies and Chocolates for Charity bake-a-thon. Prices are $60 for large cookie tray, $35 for small tray, $45 chocolate tray, $10 hard rock stained glass candy, and $15 pint of English Butter Toffee....more >>

Clarkston Masons name 2012 officers

The Clarkston Masons hosted its 158th installation of officers, Dec. 3, Worshipful Master Tom Anderson, Senior Warden Coy Hall, Junior Warden Paul Plunkett, Treasurer Ken Stone, P....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Bond question will be back; June vote likely" Citing strong urgency from the community to try again, Clarkston Board of Education decided to bring the recently failed bond proposal back to voters the following June....more >>

Line wins Mr. Football

Friday nights this fall was filled with fans watching Oxford High School senior Prescott Line run around, over and through opposing defenders on his way to the endzone. Even though Oxford lost in the opening round of districts, Line's dominance on the football field was awarded as he was selected as the recipient of the 2011 Mr....more >>
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Move over Griswold, here comes Hickmott!

The spirit of Clark W. Griswold is alive, well and apparently living in the body of Jason Hickmott. How else do you explain the fact that the 1996 Oxford High School graduate has a grand total of 25,712 Christmas lights adorning his Metamora Twp....more >>

Chinese sign land deal for 56 acres

Investors looking to build student housing, hotel, convention center

A major development containing housing for foreign students, a hotel and convention center could be coming to Oxford Township. Realtor Carol Mitchell, an associate broker with Real Living John Burt Realty, confirmed that a purchase agreement is in place for a vacant parcel of land, 56 acres in size, on which to build this proposed development....more >>
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Ceremony honors deceased vets with wreaths

Though they slumber beneath the frozen ground, their deeds are not forgotten. Though they can longer help trim the tree, enjoy Christmas dinner or visit with family, they're still very much a part of our annual holiday celebration for without their service and sacrifices, we would not be free to celebrate as we choose....more >>
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Tuskegee Airman addresses Rotary Club

When one hears that a Tuskegee Airman is going to speak about his experiences in World War II, the expectation is there will be many gut-wrenching stories about the injustices of segregation and racism....more >>

No more voting reps for school district on cable board

Oxford Community Schools is happy to continue working with the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission, however, the district will no longer have any voting representatives on the board....more >>
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Oxford loses its friendly neighborhood grocer

For nearly 20 years, Oxford residents knew Charles Drumheller as their friendly neighborhood grocer. Sadly, Drumheller, who went by Charlie or Chuck, passed away on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011....more >>
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Library gets into the holiday spirit

The Oxford Public Library kicked off the Christmas season over the weekend with gingerbread houses and holiday music. On Saturday, the library hosted a truly sweet class on how to build a gingerbread house....more >>
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Born December 21st
1879: Stalin, Communist leader of the Soviet Union.
1911: Josh Gibson, baseball player for the Negro Leagues, Home-Run King.
1918: Kurt Waldheim, controversial fourth Secretary General of the United Nations.
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in history
1866: Indians led by Red Cloud and Crazy Horse kill Captain William J. Fetterman and 79 other men who had ventured out from Fort Phil Kearny to cut wood. The fatal Fetterman fight
1910: Over 2.5 million plague victims are reported in the An-Hul province of China.
1928: President Calvin Coolidge signs the Boulder Dam bill.
1944: German troops surround the 101st Airborne Division at the Bastogne in Belgium. Firsthand account from Bastogne.
1945: General George S. Patton dies at the age of 60 after being injured in a car accident.